Friday, October 03, 2008

Pow Wow Trail Episode 1: The Drum

Was watching a DVD of Cecelia's. Pow Wow Trail Episode 1: The Drum. Was impressed by some words by Eddie Benton Benai, of the Ojibwa nation.

More or less he said:

Computer storage is going to obviate the need for [human] memory somewhere in the future. But you cannot program the Creation Song. The computer cannot sing the song that will bring the voice of the drum alive.

I think he strikes a chord here. One of many things that has changed during my time is respect or use for memory. At the same time, recordable media has flourished. Words can be codified, and filed away to be re-used. That's an old known fact. But given present traced path, when retrieved, will they have the voice of the drum?

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